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Sep 24
Savannah
On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll hear an elegant performance of a Bach Concerto, a playful performance of a sonata by Mozart, and rustic, folk-inspired music by a composer from Central Asia as we take a look back at highlights from this year's Savannah Music Festival.
Sep 23
Ben-Amots, Child, Kinzie, and Leung
Israeli-American composer Ofer Ben-Amots combines Jewish folk music with contemporary textures. This past summer, he joined Fred onstage at the Grand Teton Music Festival. On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll hear highlights from that conversation, plus a stirring performance of his Odessa Trio.
Sep 22
Felix Mendelssohn
When he was young, Felix Mendelssohn had a crush on a girl named Delphine; they played piano together every morning. Once, Mendelssohn was stuck writing a new piece and Delphine helped out. We don't which part, but we know she helped with his first piano concerto. The story of Felix and Delphine and a concert from Dallas, on Monday's Performance Today.
Sep 20
Alisa Weilerstein
This past summer at the Aspen Music Festival, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein gave an emotional performance of Bach's Solo Cello Suite No. 3. That's on the way on this weekend's Performance Today, plus Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler.
Sep 19
korngold
When you hear dramatic strings in a movie soundtrack, you can thank Erich Korngold. In the 1930s, he helped create the template for the Hollywood movie score. On Friday's Performance Today you may recognize the same epic sound in Korngold's Violin Concerto, which we'll hear from a concert in Los Angeles.
Sep 18
Piano Keys
On Thursday's Performance Today, pianist Jenny Lin joins Fred in the studio to play special piano arrangements of show tune favorites.
Sep 17
Alisa Weilerstein
This past summer at the Aspen Music Festival, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein gave an emotional performance of Bach's Solo Cello Suite No. 3. That's on the way on Wednesday's Performance Today, plus Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler.
Sep 16
Johann Strauss, Jr.
Pack your bags, grab your life jackets, and join us for a musical cruise down the Beautiful Blue Danube on Tuesday's Performance Today. We'll head to Austria to hear the Vienna Philharmonic play this classic waltz by Johann Strauss Jr., plus we'll have news about how you can join PT for a trip along the Danube next summer.
Sep 15
Dvorak
On Monday's Performance Today we'll hear the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra give a stirring performance of Dvorak's New World Symphony, from a concert in the land of purple mountain majesties.
Sep 13
Francis Scott Key
This Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. On this weekend's Performance Today, journalist and author Steve Vogel will join us to discuss the miraculous history behind our national anthem.
Sep 12
Francis Scott Key
This Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. On Friday's Performance Today, journalist and author Steve Vogel will join us to discuss the miraculous history behind our national anthem.
Sep 11
Igor Stravinsky
A month after he became a U.S. citizen, composer Igor Stravinsky wrote his Symphony in Three Movements. The New York Philharmonic premiered the piece in 1946; on Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear a much more recent performance by that same ensemble.
Sep 10
Richard Strauss
On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll go to a concert in Hamburg to hear Don Quixote, one of Richard Strauss' great tone poems. Plus, composer Bruce Adolphe joins us for this week's Piano Puzzler.
Sep 9
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his Symphonic Dances in 1940; it was the last major work he finished before he died. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra give a dramatic performance of Rachmaninoff's last large work.
Sep 8
Janine Jansen
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel might be only 33 years old, but he has worked with great orchestras and soloists around the world. And he says violinist Janine Jansen's interpretation of the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn is among the best he's ever heard. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll Jansen perform that piece in concert in Los Angeles.
Sep 6
Flying Skylark
On this weekend's Performance Today, we have musical highlights from around the world, including a performance of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending by Hilary Hahn and the London Symphony Orchestra. Plus, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler.
Sep 5
Lieutenant Kije film poster
On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear music that Sergei Prokofiev wrote for the satirical film Lieutenant Kije, which depicts the noble life and tragic death of a soldier who never existed.
Sep 4
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Four years ago, Parker Quartet violist Jessica Bodner was worried; she was hoping for a stable residency at a university or a conservatory. Now our former PT Young Artists are in residence at a place called Harvard. Details and more on Thursday's Performance Today.
Sep 3
Ralph Vaughan Williams
On Wednesday's Performance Today, we're highlighting musical celebrations of life and death. Hilary Hahn and the London Symphony play the Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Henry Purcell's Funeral Music for Queen Mary, in concert at Carnegie Hall.
Sep 2
Felix Mendelssohn
When Felix Mendelssohn went to Scotland, he saw the ruined chapel where Mary Queen of Scots had been crowned. He wrote, "Everything around is broken and mouldering, and the bright sky shines in...Today, I've found the beginning of my Scottish Symphony." On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear the entirety of Mendelssohn's Scotland-inspired symphony.
Sep 1
David Grossman
David Grossman plays double bass as a member of the New York Philharmonic; we spoke with him in his home about the art of practicing. On Monday's Performance Today we'll hear highlights from that conversation, plus we'll hear Grossman and his colleagues play music by Mozart.